An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Bratton, Theodore DuBose

(Nov. 11, 1862-June 26, 1944). Bishop and educator. Bratton was born near Winnsboro, South Carolina, and his mother was the sister of William Porcher DuBose. He studied at the Sewanee Grammar School. Bratton received his B.A. in 1887 and his B.D. in 1889 from the University of the South. He was ordained deacon on Sept. 25, 1887, and priest on Sept. 23, 1888. His first charge was in 1887 as missionary in York, Chester, and Lancaster counties, South Carolina. The next year he became rector of the Church of the Advent, Spartanburg, and from 1890 to 1899 he taught at Converse College. Bratton was head of St. Mary's Junior College, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1899-1903. He was consecrated Bishop of Mississippi on Sept. 29, 1903, and held that position until he retired on Nov. 2, 1938. While bishop he founded All Saints' Junior College for women. It opened on Sept. 16, 1907, and is now a private school for boys and girls, grades eight through twelve. He was the author of several books, including An Apostle of Reality: The Life and Thought of the Reverend William Porcher DuBose (1936). He died in Jackson, Mississippi.

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